Burton Riffle’s interest in knot-tying began at 11-years-old. He overheard a conversation between his father and a veterinarian coming to treat the family’s jersey cow. The veterinarian told a story about a fatal horse accident. He tied knots to pull a horse out of a ravine.? The knots were then altered by an unknowing farmer. The horse fell on to the rocks below and “burst open” because the knots were not secure enough.
“Since then,” Burton says, “I have purchased many knot books. I have broadened my horizons by being able to tie knots. I have worked on trees. I have worked on steep barn roofs. I’ve hauled things with vehicles and tied things on top of cars. It all started with that first interest in knots.”
Luckily for us at MobileBooth West, Burton carries a rope in his pocket. He demonstrates many knots: slippery square, sheep shank, sheet bend ,and bow line. He finishes with a grand finale: the jar sling, which he uses to pick up a Gatorade bottle.
People often ask Burton for advice on knot-tying. A neighbor once asked, “I haven’t seen you lately, what have you been up to?” Burton answered, “I’ve just been reading this knot book.” The neighbor got a confused look on his face. “Knots? Like K-N-O-T-S?” He spelled. He then asked, “Is there a special type of knot you can tie a boat anchor with?”
Burton grimaces at the mention of the term “granny knot.” It is best to tie a reef knot in nearly all circumstances.?A granny knot can release unpredictably. Burton gets excited about the use of knots in problem solving. “Knots broaden my horizons. It’s nice to tie something I can depend on.”